Crown Heights

Photos: In Crown Heights, Purim Done Right

On Eastern Parkway, a festival of Megillah, mitzvot and masquerade.

03/25/2016 - 14:50
Staff Photographer

Eastern Parkway was flooded with festivities Thursday as Chabad's home base filled with children and adults alike deliving mishloach manot (gifts of food), matanot l'evyonim (giving money to the poor) and masquerading as characters from the Megillah and modern day marvels. 

Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights was bursting with Purim spirit Thursday. Photos by Michael Datikash/JW

Homeless Man Charged With Crown Heights Attack On Orthodox Jew

03/11/2016 - 10:20

Police arrested a 26-year-old homeless man they said had stabbed three people in New York over the past month, including an Orthodox Jew in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights.

Orthodox Jewish men walking near Chabad international headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY. JTA

Fresh Fear In Brooklyn As Attacks Mount

Recent stabbing in Crown Heights is latest in string of anti-Jewish violence.

02/17/2016 - 08:26
Associate Editor

In Crown Heights, with the coming of the new month of Adar (Feb. 10), most everyone knew and was exchanging the old Jewish saying, “Adar comes, simcha increases.”

Elected and communal officials with the mother of stabbing victim Yehuda Leib Brikman at recent news conference. Via YouTube

Orthodox Man, 25, Stabbed In Brooklyn

02/11/2016 - 14:13

An Orthodox man was stabbed on a sidewalk in the Brooklyn neighborhood that is home to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s world headquarters.

An Orthodox man was stabbed on this block of Empire Boulevard in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn on Feb. 10, 2016. JTA

Secret LGBTQ Chabad Group Fills Void

Facebook group offering sanctuary and support to former — and current — members of the Crown Heights fold.

01/19/2016 - 22:03
Staff Writer

In many ways, Rivkah Procaccia appears much the same as other young Orthodox women in Crown Heights. Living in the heart of the Chabad Lubavitch chasidic enclave, the 26-year-old observes a modest code of dress, only dines at kosher restaurants and strictly observes the Sabbath.

Whooping Cough Outbreak Hits NY Charedi Neighborhoods

10/19/2015 - 20:00

An outbreak of whooping cough has hit several charedi Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York City’s Brooklyn borough.


Chasidic Students Not Target Of Midtown Firebombing; Arrest Made

53-year-old man charged with attempted murder, throwing Molotov cocktail at midtown street corner.

10/15/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Director

Police have arrested a man on charges of attempted murder for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Midtown street corner where two chasidic students were standing.

Fifty-three year-old Thomas Miles of Jamacia Hills, Queens, was charged with throwing a glass bottle filled with alcohol and topped with a burning rag at three men standing at the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 37th Street on Oct. 9.

Two of the men were  20-year-old Israeli students, studying at a Lubavitch yeshiva in Crown Heights. The third man was a 44-year-old businessman.

Ninth Avenue and 38th Street, where the firebombing took place. Courtesy of Jewish Leadership Council

Were Chasidic Students Targets Of Bottle Explosion In Midtown?

Pre-Shabbat attack — and second one in Brooklyn — being investigated as possible hate crimes.

10/13/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

New York City police are investigating as a possible hate crime an attack last week in which a man threw an alcohol-filled bottle at Midtown street corner, where it exploded and burst into flames in front two chasidic students and a 44-year-old businessman.

Were Chasidic Students Targets Of Bottle Explosion In Midtown?

Kosher BBQ Fires Up In Crown Heights

07/07/2015 - 20:00

Izzy’s BBQ Addiction, the long-awaited kosher smokehouse in Crown Heights, is finally open for service.

Owner Sruly Eidelman slices some of his smoked meat at Izzy’s BBQ Addiction in Crown Heights.  Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Crown Heights For The Pluralistic Jew

05/25/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Move over 770 — there’s a new kid on the block.

Taking advantage of demographic changes in heavily Orthodox Crown Heights, Repair the World, a national Jewish service nonprofit focused on food justice and education, announced last week that it is opening a new community center in the neighborhood to serve as a hub for volunteering and community outreach. Nine fulltime fellows, all recent college graduates, will live at the new Nostrand Avenue location and direct programming.

Repair the World’s storefront on Nostrand Avenue will host educational programming and Shabbats. Courtesy of Repair the World
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